About BuddyGays Dating Site
At BuddyGays, it is the case – as the name suggests – about fixed relationships and not about short erotic adventures. This makes BuddyGays a counterweight to more easy-going sites like Grindr & co – and it has managed to attract 200,000 gay singles. The level and goal awareness of the members are guaranteed, among other things, by the relatively high price for this correspondent.
What is the service for?
Serious and big international gay dating site with text and video chat, videos, blogs, etc. As a member, you can access incredible 1.2 million personals from singles worldwide. On this international gay dating site, you can browse profiles free of charge while providing important details such as “seeking couples, lonely men, groups,” “regional constraints,” or “sexual preferences” in the search features.
Who uses this service?
More than 1,200,000 gay people are members of the whole world. The site is available in over 10 different languages, and you have access to chats, blogs, different groups, and various videos. Week after week, up to 2,000 new images are uploaded and on average about 700 people are simultaneously online on the portal. You who prefer a more platonic gay dating can also search specifically for contacts for erotic chat or email.
If you are looking for a partner for life, Gayparship could be a better alternative. However, BuddyGays is suitable for finding an erotic date or simply to have a little exchange on the net, and after a short get-together, it’s great fun.
How to Sign Up & Log In
Once you have logged in, you can already determine if the chemistry of the potential partner proposals matches the site’s free area, using the match feature. Registration at BuddyGays works fast and uncomplicated. It is a bit annoying that the exact address with postal code is requeried. The purpose of the query is to use Google Site Search to bring you as close members as possible. In our opinion, however, the city of residence is completely sufficient.
Usability and Design
- Simple but functional design
- Font size sometimes too low
- Good options in your own profile
- Operation easy to learn
- Very extensive FAQ
The overall design of BuddyGays is a bit boring, the blue background is not exciting and varied, but drab. A big advantage is that the functionality is really top, here, there are no long page setup times, but fast interaction options.
The functions are simply structured and can also be easily learned by beginners. One big plus is the extensive FAQ provided by BuddyGays’s support. The guide, who gives important tips for gay dating, networking, and topics such as AIDS, is worth a lot.
The formerly desktop-based website was made more mobile-friendly some time ago and is now also available as an app version in the Apple and Google Play stores. Useful features include being able to specify what gender you are looking for (and block gender that you do not want to talk to). There is also a function that prevents you from logging out of the site if you are idle for 30 minutes or more.
There are many options for creating the profile. You can describe yourself well and also present visually from your best side thanks to videos and photos. Really complete profiles are rare at BuddyGays. In the test, we noticed that mostly older users or those who are looking for a solid relationship, really invest effort in their profile.
Mostly we came across profiles that contained a photo but almost no text. The own profile can be viewed by entering the nickname of people outside BuddyGays. This feature can be disabled in the settings so that only BuddyGays users can see that you are active in the community.
Filters and Search
At BuddyGays, you must not actively search for other sites with contact ads, but receive appropriate partner suggestions based on your personality traits and wishes. This can be a convenient solution for partner-seeking gays and lesbians who do not want to go to clubs and different dates.
Members on BuddyGays
We have used a variety of methods and samples to determine how the age distribution of BuddyGays members looks and in which regions the membership is particularly strong or weak: The average age is around 34 years – which is higher than on the more erotic-oriented gay sites. Obviously, here you will find those who have played out and are ready for a serious relationship.
Per day (tested in the evenings) c.a. 9000 – 10.000 members active at BuddyGays at the same time. You can specifically display people who are currently online. This allows you to make quick contacts and not to stumble across cardiles. We found surprisingly few profiles whose login dates back a long time. BuddyGays seems to emphasize that only active users are shown in the system.
Sent messages are almost always answered, we would set the statistics to 90 percent. Of course, this always depends on the quality of a sent message. Nice mails with 2 – 3 good sentences are answered rather than three words.
Even without sending messages themselves, BuddyGays is rapidly developing discussions. New members are shown on the start page and so quickly arouse the curiosity of the old hands. Within the first half hour after the photo upload, you can receive in average eight messages.
BuddyGays is a genuinely man-seeking-man kind of dating site. You will not find gay females here, the service is solely dedicated to males seeking males. The exclusively male members of BuddyGays are aged between 18 and 65 years. The focus is on 30 – 40 years. The interests hardly change with age, more than every second profile is clearly sexually oriented.
Opportunities for communication
Cam, videos and pictures.
In addition to finding and contacting other members, you can also have fun visually with BuddyGays. XL members have access to an extensive cam and video section where you will only see XXX material. If you are only a basic member, you cannot access the full category.
CamChats can be shared with all users of the page, once you have received a message, you will be given the option to enable the webcam for this conversation. It is both a simultaneous webcam chat possible, as well as a single transfer only from you or only from your counterpart.
In video chat rooms, only users who have linked a connected webcam to the profile are allowed to be present. Every user in these chat rooms is currently active in front of the action and you can watch as many XL members up to four cams at the same time.
The BuddyGays communities help you to find nice contacts with the same interests. Basically, the system was designed in such a way that focal points of interest are formed and common hobbies lead to the operation of a common community. In practice, the Communities serve almost exclusively the erotic exchange. Newly opened communities have almost exclusively erotic focus or serve the exchange of porn.
Each member can open their own community and decide for themselves who should get access to it. If you’re a community admin, you can banish annoying users and determine which topics you’d like to discuss and where your boundaries are. You can have multiple communities.
Safety & Anti-Scam
The user information at BuddyGays is protected by encryption. Profile pages use secure connection mode. Customer support is always there to weed out scammers if you suspect that you are experiencing any such instance. Although the customer support representatives obviously do their best in terms of blocking fraudulent profiles, there still seems to be a fair share of fake users, so exercise some caution with sharing your personal details.
Customer support at BuddyGays is assistive in all of the matters concerning the work of the site, payment questions and issues, and problems with fake profiles and / or scamming attempts. If your questions are more generic, check out an elaborate FAQ page.
Payment and Membership
How to Upgrade Your Account
When you sign up, you can choose to sign up as a paid or as a free membership user. In order to exchange correspondence, you will need to upgrade to paid membership. This is done by purchasing a pack of credits that will be used to opening emails, messages and embarking on video conversations. Once you are out of your credits, you will need to refill on them in order to still have access to PPL (pay per letter) functions of the site.
How To Pay
In comparison with other providers, BuddyGays is very cheap. The one method for payment here is by credit or internet card issued by your bank. The payment page is secured and encoded. The card is billed for a neutral purpose; for complete anonymity, the payment via internet card is possible.
If you log in manually, you must first confirm your e-mail address before proceeding to edit your profile. Overall, you should take an hour to create a really meaningful profile. Edits are possible in the following areas:
- Personal settings
In the Homepage area, you can create the texts that other users see when they visit your profile. The texts are led by your motto, what you can deposit in the field “to the visitors of my homepage”. In addition, you have free fields for: looks, interests, what I’m looking for, sex? And a descriptive text about yourself. You can change the texts created here at any time.
In the sections Pictures and Videos you can deposit picture and video material for your profile visitors. In total, you can upload up to 10 videos and also provide four picture galleries. If you can see your pictures and your videos, you decide yourself. You control your shares in the settings area.
The Locations section is used to specify in which category you would like to search. You can choose multiple locations, or you let Google decide by submitting your current location. Your guestbook is meant to allow other users to leave nice comments and greetings. You can enable or disable in your settings if your guestbook should be available on the profile. In your personal settings, you can reveal various details of yourself. Overall, the following categories are available:
- Personal Information
- My areas of interest
- Physical characteristics
- Sexual preferences
- Interests and fetishes
Numerous possibilities for an individual page tweaking:
- Many minor edited profiles in the system
- It`s possible to upload videos to profile
- The profile can be hidden in search engines
- Many photo profiles available in the system
- The profiles are detailed
- The profile can be changed later
- PPL system is rather taxing on the budget
- No Facebook signup